Hey everyone! I finally found some time to finish this new rug for my kitchen! I bought the fabric months ago but haven’t gotten around to making it until now! Aren’t the colors to die for? I love it! It ties my living room colors in with my kitchen! Plus I plan on making some placemats with the left over squares soon, completing the look. My kitchen floors are tile and during the winter it’s freezing! Plus, as usual, tile is very hard! I tend to stand in front of my counter a lot doing dishes, cooking and of course crafting. By the end of the day, my feet are killing me!! I love this rug because its very soft! The backside is a terry cloth towel and I also added a little bit of thin batting on the inside.
To begin choose your fabric. I used 4 different patterns cut into 4″x4″ squares. The pattern of the squares I just kind of played with until I liked it. 6 squares across and 12 squares down and I used an old terry cloth towel for the backing.
Sew your squares together in rows using a 1/2 inch seam, good side to good side. Be very careful to keep your 1/2 seam exact so that your squares will match up as close as possible. Now flip the row to the back side and iron down all of the seams.
Line your rows up in order (I’m a bit OCD and I label all of my rows) and then start pining them together good side to good side.
You can do this one row at a time but I choose to sew them in pairs and then sew the pairs together. I hope that makes sense!
Here is the front side all sewn together.
Flip it over to the back and once again, iron all of the seams down. This will help it lay flat.
Now right here, I decided to add a thin batting because I wanted it to be very soft. You don’t have to do this. But I didn’t want the edges to be super bulky so I cut the batting about an inch smaller all of the way around.
Because of this I needed to secure the batting. I took a light colored thread and hand sewed one stitch in the middle of all of the light colored squares and knotted it on the inside.
Next cut your terry cloth to fit exactly and pin to the good side of the front.
Sew a 1/2 inch seam all the way around. Leaving a small opening so that you can flip it inside out.
Flip inside out, push corners out, iron and then pin the opening closed.
Now sew another finishing seam all of the way around. This part was pretty tricky! Terry cloth is really bulky so I wasn’t able to sew it as close to the edge as I wanted.
At this point I was going to sew lines through the whole thing to give it a quilted look and hold it all together better because I knew I would be washing it a lot. The problem was that my sewing machine didn’t want to pull the terry cloth through. So I needed to flip it over so that the terry cloth was facing up. But then I couldn’t see the lines. Anyway, I just threw that idea out the window and did more single hand stitches on some of the squares. Make sure the knots are knotted on the terry cloth side because it totally hides them.
So what do you think?? I love it! Its not perfect. Terry cloth stretches quite a bit so some of my edges are kind of wonky but I’m just going to be stepping on it right?! My kids saw it after they woke from their naps and just wanted to lay down on it! Karissa kept saying “night, night!” XOXO